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Great Balls Of Fire

The Sceptics

  • It isn't clear if human-induced global warming is causing climate change. It could be linked to cosmic influences.
  • Models being used aren't sophisticated enough to make accurate forecasts.
  • Solar activity, volcanic activity and cloud cover may be countering the effects of global warming.
  • Attempting to reverse global warming a cost of $5 trillion is a poor use of resources. Danish expert Bjorn Lomborg says the money could be used more beneficially to fund health, education, water projects in the developing world.
The Believers
  • There is ample data and observation to show human influences contribute significantly to global warming.
  • Anand Patwardhan says: "Sceptics are on a slightly stronger ground (on models not being accurate) as experiments are subject to error and bias."
  • Lomborg is heard widely by planners, scientists as he is an independent voice. But other sceptics have been discredited, mostly due to their links to oil companies.
  • The prescription for India unfortunately does not change. Even sceptics agree that we will be hit the hardest.

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